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Davison County

Davison County is named for Henry C Davison, who was an important local merchant and politician.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Sanborn County 

E – Hanson County

S – Hutchinson County and Douglas County

W – Aurora County

 

Created:  January 8, 1873                      Map of South Dakota highlighting Davison County

County Seat:

Firesteel  1874 – 1880

Mitchell    1880 – present

 

County Courthouse – Mitchell

 

Location:  200 East 4th Avenue / Lawler Street

Built:  1936 – 1937

Style:  Art Deco

Architect:  Floyd F Kings and Walter J Dixon of Mitchell

Contractor:  P W Kuipers Company of Mitchell

 

Description: The building faces south and is a four story rectangular yellow colored stone faced structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Mitchell. Vertical stone dividers separate the windows on the second to fourth stories. At each corner the first story projects in a square addition to the main building. The roof line is flat. In the interior, the County Circuit Court courtroom is located on the south side of the third story and has a high ceiling wxtending into the fourth story. The second County Circuit Court courtroom is located on the north side of the second story. The building houses the County Circuit Court of the 1st Judicial Circuit and the County Magistrate Court.

 

County Public Safety Center – Mitchell

 

 

Location:  1015 South Miller Avenue / Havens Avenue

Built:  Unknown

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Unknown

Contractor:  Unknown

 

Description: The building faces east and is a two story light red colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds to the southwest of the center of Mitchell. The building was formerly a hospital, the north part of which was demolished and the south part was converted into detention center and courthouse. The building has horizontal windows and angled corners with a high central tower. The east front has a canopy. The roof line is flat. In the interior, the County Circuit Court courtroom is located on the northeast side of the second story. 

 

See:  The 1st Judicial Circuit includes Aurora County, Bon Homme CountyBrule CountyBuffalo CountyCharles Mix County, Clay County, Douglas CountyHanson CountyHutchinson CountyMcCook CountyTurner CountyUnion County and Yankton County.

 

History:  The county was created in 1873 and Firesteel was selected as the county seat in 1874 when the county was organized. The county seat was moved to Mitchell in 1880. The first courthouse was built by H H Calhoune and Davison Company in 1882 to 1883 at a cost of $20,000. The second and present courthouse was constructed in 1936 to 1937 at a cost of $120,000.

 

 

County Courthouse – Mitchell

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

County Circuit Court courtroom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

County Public Safety Center – Mitchell

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

County Circuit Court courtroom

 

 

 

 

Photos taken 2007 and 2018